Sam's Travels to India - An Exotic Land of Contrasts
Located in South Asia, the Republic of India is the second most populous country in the world with a population of over one billion. It is the seventh largest country by geographical size. India has grown significantly, in both population and strategic importance, in the last twenty years. Today, the Indian economy is the fourth largest in the world in GDP, measured in terms of purchasing power parity. It was the world's second fastest growing economy in 2003. India, the world's largest democracy, has also emerged as an important regional power, possessing one of the world's largest military forces and a declared nuclear weapons capability.
Located in Asia with a coastline of over 7000 km, and constituting most of the Indian subcontinent, India straddles many trade routes. It shares its borders with Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Afghanistan1. Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia are nearby island nations in the Indian Ocean. India is home to some of the most ancient civilizations and has given birth to four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The country was a part of the British Empire before gaining independence in 1947.
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